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Routine childhood vaccinations remain below WHO target

Routine childhood vaccines measured at one, two and five years in England were well below the World Health Organization target of 95%, official figures have revealed.

A report published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed that vaccination coverage in England was below that of other UK countries at 92.7%.

It also found that levels of vaccination uptake among children under five varied dramatically across different local health authorities

However, the figures also revealed that levels of childhood MMR vaccination coverage in England have risen 0.4 percentage points in the past year, making it the sixth consecutive year that coverage has risen.

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning acknowledged that the report showed ‘clear variation’ across England in childhood vaccination coverage.

He said: ‘Healthcare professionals should take note of the statistics in this report and make use of them as part of their planning, to encourage parents to immunise their children.’

Pulse reported in July that making information about MMR immunisation available online was found to be the most cost-effective way of increasing uptake, according to academics at Leeds University.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Not surprised as our government let the dailies talk crap on their front pages and health section go on about dangers all the time. Our ill-educated red top reading populous banged the door down to get the swine flu vaccine. Bu tI suppose the Gp is best places to .....take the blame

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  • Immunisation rates falling below 92.7%, no I am not surprised at all. I do believe there are many reasons for this and here are afew
    1. Parents are given a very one sided view on immunisation, it is vaccine industry and government lead. Information that is given is sparse which makes parents turn to alternative sources for more detailed information.
    2. The immunisation schedule has significantly increased the amount of vaccines that a young child has to have without giving information on the potential consequences of interactions . Safety studies are very thin on the ground evidencing conflict in information.
    3. The HPV vaccine has been withdrawn from Japan's immunisation schedule questioning its safety. 660 French doctors have signed a petition questioning its safety also. Its longevity in terms of providing protection is under debate
    4.Parents are not told of the synergistic toxicity, and possibility of allergic reactions to the latex and rubber as well as all the combined ingredients.
    5. Government payouts to victims including children who were damaged by Tamiflu and how the vaccine was fast tracked and given to the young when it should not have been.
    6. Parents are unsure how 'long lasting vaccines are', again conflicting information.
    7. Children are not all born the same, they do not have the same immune response and genetic variations can affect many things including toxicity and accumulation of metals such as the MTHFR gene, however the government and pharmaceutical information does not take this into account therefore one size does fit all.
    8. Pharmaceutical companies and government have far too much sway. Not all doctors agree that vaccines are safe and effective. In China where vaccination is mandatory, they have seen the largest outbreak of measles. In the uk if immunisation compliance has increased by 0.4% why are we seeing more measles cases? Thank you

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